We all get less sleep than we used to. The number of adults who reported sleeping fewer than seven hours each night went from some 2 percent in 1960 to more than 35 percent in 2011. Sleep is even more crucial for children, who need delta sleep — the deep, rejuvenating, slow-wave kind — for proper growth and development. Yet today’s youngsters sleep more than an hour less than they did a hundred years ago. And for all ages, contemporary daytime activities — marked by nonstop 14-hour schedules and inescapable melatonin-inhibiting iDevices — often impair sleep. It might just be a coincidence, but this sleep-restricting lifestyle began getting more extreme in the 1990s, the decade with the explosion in A.D.H.D. diagnoses.
Interesting ideas and I'm wondering what others think of them.
Does more sleep get rid of the symptoms of ADD? Since I'm not a big 'fan' of the controversial adult ADD diagnosis, it sounds good to me. Is more sleep enough, or is changing how a patient sleeps with medications helpful? And what about the use of clonidine? I know child psychiatrists sometimes use it, and that it is used for the treatment of drug withdrawal, but I have never prescribed it. Tell me what your experience with clonidine is.